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Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....
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White House: True cost of opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars....
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Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says....
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Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups....
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Trans teen's war with his body started when he was just 10

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt....
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Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

ATLANTA (AP) -- Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care....
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EU nations to decide on moving 2 key agencies out of Britain

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations are making their last-moment pitches for who should get to host two key EU agencies that are due to leave Britain in 2019 because of Brexit....
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Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks....
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Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

BONN, Germany (AP) -- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming....
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Nevada wants to use untried execution drugs that pose risks

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any signs of trouble....
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